Remembering the Fallen

Published on: November 10,2021 Published in: Insights News

A time for reflection

At this time of year in the UK and across the world most people take time to stop and reflect on the great sacrifices which have given us the free, fair and tolerant society we live in today. For the vast majority of people this will involve the purchase of a poppy and acknowledgement of a period of silence at 11am on 11 November. For a few more, this will also involve attending a service at a designated place of worship on the Sunday following the 11 November. For a very select few, however, the process of remembrance is an indefinite undertaking and the commitment to ensuring that legacies are maintained something woven into everyday life.

At i3Secure, we are founded by ex-service personnel and have a proud record of recruitment from the veteran and service leaver community.  Barri is an example of this, having served over 20 years in the British Army.  Following the tragic loss of his daughter Stevie in June of this year,  he completed the unenviable task of the burial of his child at Astwood Cemetery in Worcester.  Whilst visiting his daughter in the days after the burial he noticed that a number of Commonwealth War Gravestones at Astwood were in a state of disrepair, many plots had become overgrown and some lost to time and weathering.  He took it upon himself to remedy this, understanding the importance and gravity of the sacrifices made by the people buried where these stone markers lay.

Assisted by fellow veterans, he set about detailing each CWG stone within the Astwood area and put himself to work restoring the stones and the surrounding plot. Some of these had clearly been decades without a visit so it was no small undertaking.  Prior to today, 11 November 2021,  all stones are now visible with the worst weathered stones restored to a state of serviceability.  Always wanting to take that additional step,  he has also composed a historical record of each of the veterans buried at Astwood and scoured the local archives for stories and pictures. This database will soon be made public and ensure that, for one small part of Worcestershire at least, the legacy of remembrance will stand proud and not be reduced to annual acknowledgement.

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This remembrance day, as with every other,  we will remember the fallen and continue to support our armed forces, our veterans and staff who continue to serve as reservists in the UK and around the world . We thank all the service personnel who are working tirelessly to keep this country safe in difficult circumstances. And we thank their families, spouses, partners, parents and children for the many sacrifices they make. 

Finally, we would like to acknowledge how proud and humbled we are to have people like Barri at i3Secure. Barri typifies what it means to be a leader, demonstrating selfless behaviors not only for our customers but in every day life.  

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